State Budget forks out $19 million for disability services

AN EXTRA $19.2 million will go to disability services in the Maryborough electorate as part of the State Budget handed down on Tuesday.

Most of the funding will go to programs such as respite and family support, while $1.5 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishing an existing long-term accommodation centre.

The funding will also go to programs that address homelessness, domestic violence and youth support.

"This is a significant increase in funding," Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said.

Fraser Coast high schools will also receive more than $8 million as part of this year's budget to prepare for Year 7 moving into high school in 2015.

Mrs Maddern said Aldridge State High School would receive $1.04 million for new classrooms, with construction expected to begin this year.

Aldridge State High School Principal Ross Higgins said the funding would provide four new learning areas.

Hervey Bay High School will also receive more than $5 million in the next financial year as it expands to accommodate for Year 7.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said the funding was part of $15 million to be given to the school's expansion over the next two years.

Urangan State High School has also received $3.21 million in this year's budget.



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